District Court, Kandiyohi County, May 14

n Jeremy Justin McKenna, 30, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 29 months in prison and a $50 fine on a felony charge of violating an order for protection.

n Jeremy Justin McKenna, 30, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 29 months in prison and a $50 fine on a felony charge of violating an order for protection.

He was given credit for 96 days served in jail.

The charge was filed after a February incident in Willmar. According to the complaint, the woman filed for and received an order for protection against McKenna on Jan. 16. The order was to be in effect for three months and prohibited him from coming to her home or within a one-block radius.

On Feb. 7, police were called to her home after the woman's relative reported that he was at the house. McKenna was arrested, but told officers that he had not violated the order because he could come to the home to pick up his possessions while the woman was not there. However, that was not included in the court order granting the order.

McKenna had two prior qualified domestic violence incidents, for interfering with a 911 call in September 1999 and for domestic assault in April 2003.


- Jeremy Matthew Thorpe, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, a $1,500 fine and three years of probation on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Thorpe received a three-year stay of imposition on his sentence, so if he complies with the court's conditions, the conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

He was also sentenced to 90 days in jail, starting Dec. 1, which can be deferred if he successfully completes treatment at Teen Challenge. If he doesn't serve jail time, he must submit to 30 days of electronic alcohol monitoring. Thorpe was also sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

The charges, along with three other misdemeanors for fleeing on foot, driving while impaired and reckless driving, were filed after a Willmar police officer on routine patrol around 7:30 p.m. July 29 met a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on 23rd Street in the Pheasant Run neighborhood. The officer pursued the vehicle east on County Road 23 and onto the ramp to the Highway 23/71 Bypass, where the car ran into the median and sustained a flat tire. The driver ran away from the car but was caught. The passenger identified the driver as Thorpe. He failed a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol level was tested at 0.14, more than the legal limit.

- Michael Richard Lemke, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree assault will be dismissed.

Felony matters involving 16-and 17-year-olds are public record.

The charges were filed after police investigated and after Lemke and another 17-year-old were staying at the home of another friend on Jan. 14. A fight broke out between Lemke and the 17-year-old after Lemke made sexual comments to the boy and lit his hair on fire with body spray and a lighter. The boy's hair was singed. During the fight, Lemke pulled a box cutter from his pocket and the other boy's hand was cut as they struggled to control the cutter. A Willmar police officer saw the cut, between the boy's index finger and thumb, while the boy was being treated in the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room.


When interviewed, Lemke said the boy was "a spaz" and said he wasn't used to being picked on, as that was how he and his friends had fun. He admitted to the sexual comment and lighting the boy's hair on fire, but said he pulled the box cutter because the other boy wouldn't stop hitting him.

Lemke will be sentenced June 9.

- Jose Reyna-Lozano, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of probation, $1,000 in fines and 120 days in jail for receiving stolen property in connection with a string of thefts from Willmar area contractors.

He received a 10-year stay of imposition on his sentence, which means if he complies with the court's conditions, the felony will be reduced to a misdemeanor conviction.

Reyna-Lozano was ordered to pay $795 in restitution to one of the contractors whose property was stolen in December. Restitution to the other contractors was reserved for 30 days. He was also ordered to attend victim-offender mediation and a property-crime impact panel.

As part of a plea agreement, five additional felony charges for theft - liability for crimes of another and receiving stolen property were dismissed.

Reyna-Lozano was also sentenced on a gross misdemeanor driving while impaired charge. He was ordered to serve a total of 365 days of jail, with 160 days to serve and 205 days stayed, a $3,000 fine, with $2,500 stayed, and three years of probation. He was also ordered to serve 60 days of electronic alcohol monitoring and to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment. He was also sentenced to 90 days of jail and $50 fine on four misdemeanor charges including driving while impaired, fleeing a peace officer on foot and property damage.

The felony charges were filed against Reyna-Lozano and Daniel Loera, 23, of Willmar, in December after a police investigation that began when officers were called to the Days Inn around 6 a.m. Dec. 8 by a communications contractor staying at the hotel. The man had found his truck's door open and more than $4,500 worth of tools and equipment missing from the vehicle.


Police had attempted to stop a vehicle around 4 a.m. that morning near Gorton Avenue. The officer was able to catch one of the three men who ran away during the traffic stop. He was later identified as Reyna-Lozano. Police later searched the vehicle and found several of the missing items.

Additional felony theft charges were added later for taking a construction trailer and tools from a rural Spicer location and for taking a trailer and tools from a contractor in southwest Willmar.

According to the complaint, officers were called around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7 to a Spicer address south of Elkhorn Lake on 71st Street Northeast. A construction trailer was missing and tracks in the snow showed that someone had pulled it away. Some of the contents of the trailer were on the ground. Tools, valued around $2,600, were missing. The trailer, valued at $1,500, was later found at a Spicer location. While police were inventorying the vehicle, they discovered tools that were later identified by the contractor/owner.

Officers took photos of the footprints and tire tracks at the scene and they matched the tires on the car from which Loera and Reyna-Lozano allegedly fled and the shoes they were wearing when arrested.

Also on Dec. 8, a cabinetry contractor reported a utility trailer, valued at $2,000, was taken from in front of his home in Willmar. The man later identified and claimed a number of carpentry tools found in the vehicle in which the men were apprehended.

Loera pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft - liability for crimes of another and for misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer on foot. He will be sentenced today.

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